Although the costs of interstate moves vary depending on distance and other factors, on average the price of moving from one state to another range from $5,000 to $7,000. Building your budget is one of the first things you should do to prepare for a big move, but how much should you be budgeting?
In order to figure that out, you’ll need to know how much you can expect to pay for your move. To help with that task, we’ve written a useful guide for cross-country moves outlining the average costs of long-distance movers, options to conduct your move, and how you can prepare to move to a new state.
Averages Based On Household Size
The total price tag of moving to a different state will depend on household size along with a myriad of other factors. As expected, the bigger your household the more your move will cost. While many other things go into the final costs of interstate moves, there is a range you can use as a guide based on the size of your home.
- A one-bedroom household move averages $700 to $3,000.
- A two-bedroom household move averages $2,000 to $7,000.
- A three-bedroom household move averages $4,000 to over $10,000.
Interstate Moving Company - Average Cost
Full-service moving companies are more expensive than doing a move yourself, using moving containers or some kind of a hybrid option, because of the level of service you will be getting. Full-service movers take care of everything when it comes to loading and unloading the truck as well as transporting all your belongings. They offer additional services, as well, such as packing if you’re physically challenged or pressed for time and disassembly/reassembly for furniture.
On average, the cost of full-service movers for an interstate move of about 7,000 pounds will be close to $4,000. Mileage plays a role in how much movers cost as well, so speak with movers about the specifics of your estimate.
Moving Container - Average Cost
Moving containers are cost-efficient, but they require a lot of labor if you want things on and off as quickly and easily as possible. There are several companies to choose from, each with its own pricing.
On average, the cost of renting a moving container for your household move will be around $2,300 depending on size, distance, and other factors in your move.
Renting A Truck - Average Cost
Truck rentals can come with the same time and labor as shipping containers, but they can be very cheap when you want to get a long-distance move done. Rental truck prices will be based on standard company fees as well as gas, mileage, any equipment provided, move date, rental duration, and more.
On average, the cost of renting a 10-foot moving truck and traveling the entire US East coast would come out to about $1,700.
Additional Interstate Moving Costs
- Furniture is heavy and can drive up the moving costs more than you expected. If you want to lower the costs of movers, you can ship some of your larger or bulkier furniture pieces. This may be a good option for antique or valuable furniture pieces.
- Vehicle shipping is a consideration if you have a vehicle in the home and don’t plan on leaving it behind or driving it to your new state. Car shipping will depend on the weight and other factors, so it’s up to you to decide what’s best for your household and car.
- Storage will be essential if your belongings aren’t ready to be unloaded in a new place just yet. Movers will provide storage services or you may use a separate storage facility. Either way, you’re going to need to pay for storage services as long as you need items stored.
- Deposits and utilities will need to be paid for and arranged before or during your move, as many places require an initial deposit before you move in. Utilities should also be set up, as you wouldn’t want to get to your home and find you have no water or electricity.
Preparing for an Interstate Move
Moving to a new state is a large feat, so we’ve provided some tips to make long-distance moves easier, simpler, and less frustrating.
- Arrange to transfer utilities well ahead of your move.
- Reach out to relatives or friends in your new state and make them aware of your plans in advance.
- Get mail forwarded to your new address.
- Get rid of unnecessary items.
- Put a budget in place and stick with it.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much should I be saving for my interstate move?
Your moving budget will be dependent on your financial situation along with the moving quote you received from your chosen moving company. You should aim to save up at least 15% more than the total price for your move, which gives you some leeway for unexpected expenses, emergencies, or tips for movers.
What’s the best option for moving out of state?
The best option to move out of state will be different based on several components of your move and your household – not to mention how much stuff you have. Basically, the best way to move out of your state is to find what works best for you, even if it’s a combination of things, such as hiring movers to load a moving container.
Can I ship furniture instead of using movers?
If there are pieces you’d like to get transported before movers arrive, then you can definitely send them to your home using a shipping service. Shipping prices will vary but you can get multiple quotes to find a company that works with your budget. Sometimes shipping items can make a difference in how much you pay for your move, so it’s good to consider.
Get Your Interstate Moving Budget Ready
The average cost of a move to a different state will be different for each household, so your best bet to get an accurate estimation is to have a few interstate moving companies give you a quote. Once you’ve gotten several quotes, you can prepare your budget and get ready to move to a new state for a new adventure.